As I started to design Spring Terrace
I wanted to do something reminiscent to Whirlwind Romance, a collection
I did a few years back. But I wanted to make this group new and fresh
and have a feel of its own. I knew I wanted to incorporate scrolls, for
two reasons. One, Whirlwind Romance had a scroll print and it was very
popular. And two, because if there’s one thing I know about Connecting
Threads customers by now is that they LOVE scroll designs. Scroll
designs are delightful because they naturally lend to a non-directional
composition as well as having a sense of whimsy, so they are very useful
as well as pleasing to the eye. In Spring Terrace you get not only one, but two to play with…the focal “Flourish” and coordinates “Tendrils”.
Oh, gosh, I was complaining and struggling to come up with an idea for
our 12 Weeks of Christmas free pattern, and Sue popped her head up
and said, “figgy pudding”! My response was, “what?” I had no idea what
she was talking about!
When I first saw the Oh Christmas Tree pattern by Nancy Rink,
it was love at first sight. So I begged Nancy if we could use her
pattern as a download pattern for Gifty this year. Her directions were
so easy to follow and the project went together so quickly, depending on
what applique method you use. It only took me a weekend (with lots of
other engagements) to finish this project up. I used fusible applique,
but hand embroidered the button stitch around the tree.
The finalists for our Fabric Design Contest have submitted their secondary designs, so while we get them ready for judging, we thought we would share the designs with you and a little bit about the designers. To read the previous three designer bios, click on the following designer names: Sherry Saunders, Virginia Odien, and Sandra Malone.
Introducing Carbonated Creations, designer of Black and White Flower Fun.
Carbonated Creations started showing signs of creativity at a very young age by drawing clowns with more detail than other children her age. She always worked in one or more forms of art and self expression throughout her formative years and college such as drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, digital photo restoration, interior design, jewelry making, scrapbooking, commerical graphics and digital imaging. She discovered the worldwide quilting community while teaching herself to quilt so that she could restore her great great aunt's handmade quilt that had been passed down to her. She lives in the south where she works as a freelance designer while trying to balance family life and find time for herself and quilting.
Black & White Flower Fun was her self-assigned challenge to step out of her comfort zone and design for a different audience. She wanted something less formal and sophisticated than the current black and white collections out there. She designed it with multiple uses in mind like raw edge and needle turn applique, English paper piecing, clothing, and of course quilting. Her love of quilting and fabric buying, along with the Connecting Thread Fabric Design Contest, has influenced her current creative outlet of fabric design. You can find her future fabric designs at www.spoonflower.com/profiles/carbonatedcreations.